Optical treatments for acne

Dermatol Ther. May-Jun 2005;18(3):253-66. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2005.05024.x.


Light-based treatments for acne are becoming increasingly commonplace in dermatology. This article reviews various light approaches in acne therapy. Methods are discussed from an anatomical and a functional perspective. The emphasis is on the practicality of treatment as well as the pros and cons of various devices. Also, a review of the recent literature is presented. The article is intended to give the reader a panoramic view of this still-young and developing area. Most likely, light-based acne treatment will receive more popularity as dermatologists learn how to integrate this type of therapy within the context of more established drug agents.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / pathology*
  • Acne Vulgaris / therapy*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Esthetics
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / methods
  • Male
  • Photochemotherapy / methods
  • Phototherapy / methods
  • Risk Assessment
  • Rosacea / pathology*
  • Rosacea / therapy*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Skin Absorption / drug effects
  • Treatment Outcome